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Today's News

  • Judge sets $1M bond in fatal shooting case

    Staff Reports

    Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, charged in the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states, appeared in Alleghany County District Court on Tuesday to answer to charges in North Carolina and to appoint a lawyer.

    Police said Davis, 52, was an estranged boyfriend of Cates.

    Davis was served the first-degree murder warrant on Tuesday morning. He also faces two outstanding fugitive warrants in Virginia.

  • Galax homicide investigation continues

    Staff Reports

    Investigation continues into the March 10 slayings of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and her daughter Anastasia Alley, 21 months, amid a long wait ahead for evidence to be fully processed, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said Wednesday it would be several weeks, if not months, before reports come in from the state medical examiner in Roanoke, or from state crime lab analysis of other physical evidence.

  • Kennedy sentenced for illegally prescribing pills

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A former licensed nurse practitioner, who illegally prescribed more than 3,700 pills of 15 mg oxycodone, was sentenced Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District in Abingdon.

    Gloria W. “Faye” Kennedy, 52, of Galax, pleaded guilty in November 2015 to one count of conspiring to distribute oxycodone while a nurse practitioner in Richlands. Her business location is listed as Lebanon, but court documents show a Galax address.

  • Carroll continues search for new administrator

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors hopes to begin the initial interview process for a new county administrator soon.

    “There has been a consensus reached across the board that we will be conducting interviews in the near future,” Board Chairman Joshua Hendrick said at the March 14 meeting.

    Hendrick said that out of the 32 applications received, the board has selected a list of potential candidates they would like to interview. The position will remain open until filled, so applications are still being accepted.

  • Two injured in Baywood crash

    A single-vehicle wreck at 1:40 p.m. on March 17 at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Baywood Store Road left two passengers injured, according to Virginia State Trooper T.S. Todd.

    A 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by Yuexin Li, 23, of Durham, N.C., was traveling east on 58 when she attempted to turn right onto Baywood Store Road. According to Todd, Li was going too fast to negotiate the turn, ran off the road to the left, went through several mailboxes, down an embankment and came to rest at the bottom, but did not overturn.

  • Battle of the Badges to benefit CCSO

    For years, Carroll County Special Olympics has held practice on Easter weekend. Many carrot relays, wheelbarrow races, and Easter bonnet relays have created much laughter. However, this Easter weekend, on Saturday the team will meet to support the very first Battle of the Badges.

  • Tide girls putting up a fight

    Regardless of the sport and whatever the gender of the players, what coaches want to see above anything else is improvement, be it half-by-half, game-by-game or year-to-year.

    It appears Galax girls’ soccer coach George Edmondson is definitely getting a glimpse of the latter.

    The Maroon Tide ladies dropped to 0-3 on the year with a 3-0 loss to Giles on Monday, but it has been an encouraging 0-3 start for Galax.

  • Maroon Tide clobbers Narrows 17-1

    Galax rebounded from a disappointing opening night loss and clubbed Narrows 17-1 in five innings in a Mountain Empire District baseball game Tuesday at Felts Park.

    The Maroon Tide (1-1) accumulated its 17 runs on only six hits but benefited from 13 walks and four hit batsmen.

  • Carroll walks off with win

    HILLSVILLE –– Jeannie Utt’s drive into the right-centerfield gap could have been scored an error or it could have been scored a double, depending on the perspective of the official scorer. The play itself was a scorer, which was all that mattered to Carroll County.

    For the record, Utt was credited with a walk-off double when her deep gapper was misplayed, allowing Gracie Davidson to hustle home from second to cap a two-run rally that lifted the Cavaliers to a 3-2 win over Floyd County.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/23/16

    Trashy
    After driving on Pipers Gap Road yesterday, I was disappointed in seeing people’s yards filled with old cars sitting on blocks up there in front of their yards. Also, so many with trash piled in their yards. Why doesn’t the county or EPA do something about this?

    Buckle up